Surprise term limit for Judge Belvin Perry

Ruling means Perry may not run for chief judge again

ORLANDO, Fla. – He led the Casey Anthony trial, and he's led the Ninth Judicial Circuit for the past 12 years, but Judge Belvin Perry's time as Chief Judge for Orange and Osceola counties will end next year, despite his plans to run for re-election.

A new ruling by the Florida Supreme Court gives chief judges more power, but imposes a term limit of no more than eight years. 

Perry will be allowed to finish his current term until it ends on June 30, 2013, but the 65  judges in the circuit will have to select a new chief sometime early next year.

Perry can, and is expected to, remain a circuit court judge, a post he resumed after his first stint as chief judge from 1995 to 1999.